Art Song 101 with Gretchen Eng

November 13, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Gretchen Eng lauging, at Vassar College, in an auditorium with colorful seats.
Gretchen Eng (Photo: Karl Rabe)

Are you one of those listeners who describes anything performed by a classically trained singer as opera? Don’t worry, you are not alone. This week, Gretchen Eng, a classically trained singer who is also an improv and sketch comedienne, joins Oliver to give you basic training on Art Song (Lieder in German, mélodie in French).

Gretchen is also the co-host of Fourth Coast Ensemble’s comedy revue about art song called Laughterreise which features WFMT’s Robbie Ellis.


Alessandro Parisotti: Se tu m’ami
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
György Fischer, piano

Franz Schubert: Erlkönig
Ian Bostridge. tenor
Julius Drake, piano
Text and translation HERE.

Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade
Schubert: Heidenröslein
Arleen Auger, soprano
Walter Olbertz, piano

Schubert: Versunken
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Richard Goode, piano

Claude Debussy: Ariettes oubliées
“C’est l’extase langoureuse”
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Myra Huang, piano
Text and translation HERE.

Johannes Brahms: Neue Liebeslieder, Walzer, op. 65
I. “Verzicht, o Herz, auf Rettung”
II. “Finstere Schatten der Nacht”
Edith Mathis, soprano
Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano
Peter Schreier, tenor
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Karl Engel & Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano

Wayland Rogers: I-Thou
II. “Lullaby”
XII. “The Pleasures of Friendship”
Fourth Coast Ensemble
Sarah van der Ploeg, soprano
Bridget Skaggs, mezzo-soprano
Ace Gangoso, tenor
David Govertsen, bass-baritone
Dana Brown, piano

Lori Laitman: Are Women People?
VII. “Home and Where It Is”
Fourth Coast Ensemble
Andrew Rosenblum & Maria Sumareva, piano